fabricate

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verb fab·ri·cate \ ˈfa-bri-ˌkāt \

Definition of fabricate

fabricated; fabricating
transitive verb
1 a :invent, create
b :to make up for the purpose of deception
  • accused of fabricating evidence
2 :construct, manufacture; specifically :to construct from diverse and usually standardized parts
  • Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic parts.

fabricator

play \ˈfa-bri-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Examples of fabricate in a Sentence

  1. Only the largest parts were fabricated at the factory.

  2. Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic materials.

  3. a story fabricated to sell magazines

  4. She was accused of fabricating data.

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Origin and Etymology of fabricate

Middle English, from Latin fabricatus, past participle of fabricari, from fabrica — see fabric


FABRICATE Defined for English Language Learners

fabricate

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Definition of fabricate for English Language Learners

  • : to make or build (something)

  • : to create or make up (something, such as a story) in order to trick people


Law Dictionary

fabricate

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verb fab·ri·cate \ ˈfa-brə-ˌkāt \

legal Definition of fabricate

fabricated; fabricating
transitive verb
:to make up (as testimony) with an intent to deceive
intransitive verb
:to make something up with an intent to deceive
  • there was a motive to fabricate
  • —Gary Taylor


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